Hydroponics Water Filtration & Treatment
Hydroponics Water Filtration Systems
Plants need clean water to stay healthy. Water quality can even have an impact on the quality of produce. It's not unusual for chemicals like chlorine to be added to the city water supply to keep algae or bacteria from growing in the water. Unfortunately, chlorine can cause damage to plants and the healthy microbes in the soil. Optimally it should be removed from the water you give your plants. Thankfully, there are ways to purify water and make sure it's safe and clean for plants using hydroponic water filtration systems.
Activated carbon filters are a very popular way to remove particles and impurities, including chlorine from water. If you live in a city or township (like most of the GTA) that uses chloramine instead of chlorine for water purification then a KDF filter is required to remove it.
Another widely-used water purification technique is reverse osmosis, often referred to as RO. It involves reverse osmosis membranes with tiny holes. Since the holes are so small, only water can make it through and impurities are filtered out. Many filters utilize both of these techniques when purifying water, first removing larger impurities and chlorine/chloramine, then smaller particles with the RO membranes.
Water that hasn't been filtered may contain a buildup of minerals. This can cause nutrient burn and reduces your ability to add the minerals which you WANT to feed your plant. If you start out with clean water, you can add in the hydroponic nutrients and minerals your plant will use to thrive, without starting with a base of minerals already in the water. This way, you can develop a nutrient dosing schedule that's highly accurate.
Finding the Best Hydroponic Water Filters
The most effective method of water filtration is reverse osmosis. It can cut PPM by as much as 99%. With this method, water must pass through a semipermeable membrane and a sediment filter.
There are other water purification systems as well, including sediment filters, water conditioners, and dechlorinators.
Don't know what sort of hydroponic water filter you should use? Just give us a call at 1-888-945-4144, and we'll find the best option for you.